12:45PM, Tuesday 14 October 2014
A fraudster from Windsor has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after orchestrating a £35m wide-scale mortgage fraud.
Mark Entwistle, 48, of Kings Road, was found guilty of 21 counts of conspiracy to defraud and one count of conspiracy to launder criminal property after a six-month trial.
Along with solicitor Jonathan Gilbert, 48, a former partner of Wilmett Solicitors, in Broadway, Maidenhead, former Virgin Airways pilot Entwistle worked to obtain illegal mortgages on a number of properties and development sites in Windsor between 2005 and 2009.
As a result of the fraud, Wilmett Solicitors went into liquidation in 2009 leading to loss of 70 jobs
Matthew Robinson, 42, and Nicholas Pomroy, 58, were also found guilty of four and two counts of conspiracy to defraud respectively.
Gilbert, of Meliden Road, Penarth, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to 18 counts of conspiracy to defraud.
Robinson, of King Street, Richmond, and Pomroy, of Heath End Road, in Tadley, were sentenced to five and three years respectively.
The sentencing at Southwark Crown Court took place on Wednesday, July 23, but reporting restrictions under the Contempt of Court Act 1981 prohibited publication until Friday.
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